At what age should i slaughter these cockerels?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by jmc, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. jmc

    jmc Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    NONE of them are cornish x, btw, just extras (rir and brahmas)

    will be 9 wks old on Mon, June 6th

    I was thinking 16 wks?????????

    OR,

    As soon as they do genuine crowings??????

    I don't want a bunch of super tough meat, so i dont want too wait too too long.

    Tx!
     
  2. ChickyChickyBaby

    ChickyChickyBaby Barefoot Bantams

    I think all my roos are tough!

    I would say probably around 16-18 weeks.

    over 20 weeks definitely is tougher!
     
  3. PatS

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    Maybe Buff Orps are more tender, but I find that if I rest the meat in the fridge for several days and roast at 325* with some broth in the bottom of the roasting pan, even almost year-old roos aren't tough. The dark meat is a little chewier than store bought, but sooo flavorful.
     
  4. jmc

    jmc Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    thanks!
     
  5. sydney13

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    I've been reading that 15 - 16 weeks is a recommended age for rir
     
  6. Buster52

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  8. Judy

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  9. Buster52

    Buster52 Songster

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    It is clear there are many right answers.
     
  10. KatyTheChickenLady

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